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Marijuana Reduces Anxiety But There’s a Catch

Posted March 10, 2014

The link between use of marijuana and anxiety has been a controversial one, with some experts saying the drug is associated with anxiety as well as depression and bipolar disorder while users often claim it relieves anxiety. Now scientists have made a new find showing how marijuana reduces anxiety, but there’s a catch.

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What effect does smoking marijiuana have on Crohn’s disease?

Posted February 5, 2014

Crohn’s disease causes symptoms of pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss for some from nutritional deficiencies and can affect any part of the body from the mouth to the intestinal tract. Marijuana is used medicinally to treat a variety of gastrointestinal issues including nausea. Researchers recently studied the role of cannabis (marijuana) to find out if the plant could help treat Crohn’s disease.

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New Rx for Alzheimer’s: Marijuana with Ibuprofen?

Posted January 21, 2014

Studies have found that medicinal marijuana may be beneficial for a multitude of purposes, ranging from its known anti-tumor effects to its anti-inflammatory properties. However, due to its most notable side-effects, a “buzz”, or “high” coupled with impaired memory function and slow cognition, many eligible candidates find medical marijuana a less attractive healing option. But now, new research finds the solution to this problem may be hiding right in your medicine cabinet.

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Pot a Common Remedy to Ease Back Pain

Posted October 14, 2013

Use of marijuana to ease back pain was common among patients at a university spine clinic in Colorado where pot has been legal for medical purposes since 2000, but most of the users did not have a prescription, according to research presented here.

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Researchers find chemicals in marijuana could help treat MS

Posted October 9, 2013

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the nervous system. The result can be a wide range of debilitating motor, physical, and mental problems. No one knows why people get the disease or how to treat it. In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, Drs. Ewa Kozela, Ana Juknat, Neta Rimmerman and Zvi Vogel of Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases and Sackler Faculty of Medicine demonstrate that some chemical compounds found in marijuana can help treat MS-like diseases in mice by preventing inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

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Smoking Pot Eases Tremors in Parkinson’s

Posted June 19, 2013

Smoking cannabis appeared to reduce tremor and pain and improve sleep among Parkinson’s disease patients, researchers from Israel reported here. Overall, patients’ scores on the standard Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) averaged 33 before they smoked cannabis in the laboratory and averaged 24 after 30 minutes (P<0.01), Ruth Djaldetti, MD, of Tel Aviv University Israel, reported at her poster presentation at the International Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders.

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Marijuana cannabinoids slow brain degradation and aging, reverse dementia: here’s how

Posted May 23, 2013

The human brain contains an extensive network of special receptor sites that modulate nervous system function only when activated by the appropriate cannabinoid compounds, many of which are found in abundance in the marijuana plant. And emerging research continues to uncover the unique role these cannabinoids play in protecting brain function, which in turn helps deter the aging process and even reverse the damaging effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and cognitive abnormality.

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5 Reasons to Use Marijuana

Posted January 2, 2013

The growing interest in marijuana and its medical uses is evident by the increasing number of news stories and research projects involving this controversial plant. Putting aside the negative side of marijuana use for now, here are five medical reasons to use marijuana and some of the research behind the claims.

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Marijuana Helps Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Posted December 28, 2012

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are a challenge to treat. Among the potential treatment options is marijuana, and several recent studies indicate that this unconventional option offers some significant benefits.

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Brain imaging insight into cannabis as a pain killer

Posted December 21, 2012

The pain relief offered by cannabis varies greatly between individuals, a brain imaging study carried out at the University of Oxford suggests. Save The researchers found that an oral tablet of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, tended to make the experience of pain more bearable, rather than actually reduce the intensity of the pain.

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